Cinema Showdown

Pre-Halloween edition


If you're getting psyched for Halloween (AND WHO ISN'T?), the world of Tucson film has plenty to offer you this week. First off, I'm not sure how anyone could possibly pass up the opportunity to see Jim Henson's "Labyrinth," starring David Bowie and a magnificent leather jumpsuit/codpiece combo, as part of their on-going Late Night Cult Classics series. Sure, you've probably seen the creepy tale of a 15 year old who wishes her little brother away and heads off on a quest to retrieve him, but how much better will it be on the big screen? The 1986 film shows three times over the weekend: Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $6.

If you've been waiting for an opportunity to share the joy of cinema with your dog (sure, ok), Friday, Oct. 24 is the night you've been waiting for as the Loft is screening Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" outside. The evening kicks off with a doggie costume contest at 5:30 p.m. then the movie at 6:30 p.m., with food trucks supplying food for the humans in attendance and free dog treats for the canines. Tickets are $6, although I think the dogs are free, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Pets Are Worth Saving.

Unrelated entirely to Halloween and not even happening this month, but falling in the "mark your calendar" file, the Loft's month-long celebration for November is a retrospective of Paul Thomas Anderson's work (ahead of the release of "Inherent Vice," which looks amazing based on the trailer). The opportunity to see "Boogie Nights" (Thursday, Nov. 6), "Hard Eight" (Thursday, Nov. 13), "Magnolia" (Saturday, Nov. 15), "Punch-Drunk Love" (Thursday, Nov. 20), "There Will Be Blood" (Saturday, Nov. 22) and "The Master" (Saturday, Nov. 29), mostly on 35mm prints, is definitely worth looking forward to.

More info on those films and the wide variety of other on-screen options this week (including "The Internet Cat Video Festival 2014") at


Speaking of Halloween, the scares continue at the Screening Room as the Tucson Terrorfest takes over the theater from Thursday, Oct. 23 to Saturday, Oct. 25. Six full-length features make up the lineup, each paired with a horror short for extra getting-your-money's-worth, with zombies, killer husbands, creepy-as-hell clowns, and a bloody critique of tabloid/reality TV culture. Tickets for each screening are $7, but if there are still some available, 50 passes that get you into the entire series are available for $25, plus you get first dibs on seats. More info at


Roadhouse Cinemas is running at full speed these days and they've announced a nice free screening series on Thursdays, first come, first served, with a maximum of four tickets per group. Keeping in the Halloween spirit, they're showing "The Shining" on Thursday, Oct. 23 and "Beetlejuice" on Thursday, Oct. 30, both showing at 8 p.m. However, the best news is that Roadhouse's website teases that they're planning on showing the film that gave the establishment its name—the Patrick Swayze bouncer-focused classic "Roadhouse"—in November. More info at

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